2 pointsOh well, so many thoughts after reading this article! Thanks for sharing! Although I agree with every word she says, I think that we should keep in mind that she describes the American reality, which in many ways may be different from European experiences. In many (most?) countries in Europe, we are privileged to have a generous parental leave and (rather) well-coordinated healthcare system. It doesn't change the fact that becoming a parent in the context of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit must be extremely challenging- and we need to recognize the need to support NICU parents not only during hospitalization but also after the discharge. What really makes me grind my teeth is the fragment about guilt related to insufficient pumping. There is a beautiful (truly) article written by my colleague Sarah Holdren, in which she argues that many NICU mums feel that pumping is actually the only way they can contribute to their infant wellbeing because other ways to engage parents and promote closeness may not be available. I wholeheartedly recommend you reading that comparison of practices in Finland and the USA, the whole article is available here in Open Access. https://bmcpregnancychildbirth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12884-019-2505-2
2 pointsThis article in NY Times came on my radar, written by a parent whom is also an obstetrician. Very well written piece and I would really recommend it. Sparkles a lot of thoughts on what we do, what we achieve, and the parental perspective. Find the article here: https://parenting.nytimes.com/newborn/prematurity-baby-burden
1 pointPlease also see the results that we have in this matter in Vietnam in journal of antibiotics https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2213716519301456 and in Plos one and help suggest strategies for how to manage the high rates of colonized children/neonates in South east Asia before it is spread to other parts of the globe.
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